By Novell Zwange – Electrifying and well-travelled Namibian born musician Elemotho who composes, records and performs his own music is touring South Africa this May 2011. The tour kick-started in Kimberly at Flamingo Casino (20th May), into Potchefstroom and right into Gauteng Province until Sunday the 29th when he will be performing at Moyo Zoo Lake.
Elemotho plays acoustic guitar as and sings in his mother-tongue Setswana, English and other Namibian languages. He does not classify his music under a certain style: “I see myself as a performing artist and musical activist; I like to throw reality around, thus exploring the depth of the human spirit”. His sound is solid yet transparent, with messages that create a utopia through music. From solo performances up to playing with his band this artist does it all, from turning oppression into liberation, failure into triumph, where past, present and future is delivered through his melodies.
From rural boy to modern lyricist this artist from the Kalahari tries to divorce himself from your usual commercial and easily consumable sounds by using experimental ideas where reality is amplified through his vision of music. “I grew up with Story telling around the fire and that has inspired me to create something that could make you dance as well as listen, smile as well as cry, find peace as well as wisdom”.
When you listen to Elemotho´s first album “The system is a joke” you get an impression that you are listening to a musician who has a lot to say. He carries his music with a touch of rhythms from the Kalahari Desert, mixed with ethnic and global sounds, the calling of the rain combined with messages for our modern times. Elemotho has been busy the last years, performing from South Africa to European International music festivals getting his music more solid and tighter than ever. This musician has had the time to explore new sensations and odours all resulting into “HUMAN”, the second album that came out towards the end of 2008. With songs to move your mind and entice your spirit he wants to transmit feelings and ideas that challenges the status quo and leave no stone unturned, from politics to philosophy, spirituality to reality.
Venue: Shikisha (Johannesburg)
Date: 26 May 11
Venue: Moyo Melrose Arch (Johannesburg)
Date: 27 May 11
Venue: Saana Africa Festival (Johannesburg)
Date: 29 May 11
Elemotho’s previous tours are:
Expo-2000 – Hannover, Germany
Franco Namibian Cultural Centre CD launch Namibia 2003
Norway performances 2004-2005
Awesome Africa Music Festival – Durban, South Africa 2006
Afrodisiac Founder @ Warehouse – Windhoek, Namibia 2007
Vienna Tour – Austria 2007
Spanish Tour: Madrid, Sevilla, Tarifa, Cádiz, Granada, Jaén, Zaragoza 2007-2008
Elemotho solo in Las Vegas Freaking Frog – USA 2008
Human cd Launch, Windhoek, Namibia, Nov.2008
Sauti Za Busara Festival, Zanzibar, February 2009
Bayimba Festival, Kampala, Uganda, June 2009
Trans-Kalahari Tour: Joburg, Pretoria, Swaziland (Bushfire Festival), July-August 2009
Arts Alive International Festival, Johannesburg, September 2009
Spanish “solo” Tour: Barcelona, Valencia, Huelva, Mérida, October 2009
Alliance Francaise Gaborone, Botswana, November 2009
Austria and Hungary tour, Europe, March 2010
Spanish Tour: Festival 3 Culturas de Murcia, Festival Veranos de la Villa
de Madrid, May-July 2010.